Hamels Suspended 5 Games by MLB – Phillies Nation

Hamels Suspended 5 Games by MLB

Cole Hamels has been suspended 5 games by Major League Baseball. The punishment was handed down minutes ago by the league. Hamels will begin the suspension tonight.

Throwing my two cents in, this is an overreaction by MLB. It was taken care of on the field after Jordan Zimmermann hit Hamels. But the suspension stems, obviously, from Hamels telling the media he did is purposely. Still, a fine would have been a fantastic way of ending this once and for all.

Either way, Hamels will basically miss no time. His start will likely be pushed back to Sunday, as the Phillies could try to give Roy Halladay a day of rest and pitch him on Saturday.

So, not much lost here. If anything, it gives Hamels another day of rest and mixes the rotation up a bit.

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  1. poopmastr7

    May 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    worth every suspended game. I hope the kid gets plunked again the next time we see him. little cry baby fartsucker

  2. B_Merce

    May 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Kind of a ridiculous suspension if I’m being honest. I understand that he probably shouldn’t have said that he intentionally threw at him…but OJ probably shouldn’t have wrote a detailed account of how he “hypothetically” killed his wife. But I digress. A fine at most. And considering where Zimmerman hit Hamels in retaliation…a golden crown for not taking it another step further.

  3. Ken Bland

    May 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I lean toward a different view. Control artist that Hamels, or any great pitcher is, there’s an element of danger in any player being hit by a pitched ball. My first reaction was it was braindead of Cole to admit it, but the real braindead part of the scenario is a 5 game suspension, making it easy to conveniently plan what start you’ll miss based on when to appeal, or in Cole’s case, now just delaying the start. It’s easy to say the suspension is an overreaction since we know Harper wasn’t hurt. Poor control with malicious intentions easily could have had a different result. The answer lies in a more serious suspension at the discretion of the umpire, though you could easily criticize that idea. And I know this has a hypocritical tone to it, but I’m kinda okay with brushback pitches. I just think the 5 game suspension concept is a complete farce.

    • bigben

      May 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      That’s five unpaid games, so its not just a farce

      • Ken Bland

        May 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        I’ll assume I needn’t provide the details on how meaningless 5 games pay is to many a major leaguer.

    • EricL

      May 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      You are certifiably bananas if you think giving umpires the discretion to suspend players is a good idea.

      • Ken Bland

        May 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        that’s what I said, but I meant to suggest input into the decision, he added fruitfully.

  4. PhilsFan

    May 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Hamels was stupid to admit throwing at Harper. But if you want to take the high road and suspend him, then you need to suspend Zimmerman as well. Or is the message that you can’t throw at young phenoms like Bryce Harper, but A-OK to throw at others.

  5. alkleister

    May 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I hope Zimmerman gets suspended as well for Plunking Hamels.

    • bigben

      May 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Zimmerman get’s a pass cause he never said he did it intentionally.

  6. Mazinman

    May 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    So what MLB is saying is that if you hit someone and you lie and say you did not do it on purpose then you get nothing. If you hit someone and are honest then five games. Next time Selig complains that a player lied to him I want him to remember this.

    • EricL

      May 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Yeah, basically. They’re taking a page out of the NHL’s player discipline book. (It’s an ad lib paperback)

  7. Jaron B

    May 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    He deserved to miss his next scheduled start. Yeah, a fine seems more reasonable, but maybe Cole will shut up next time. At least Bryce wasn’t injured.

  8. bostonkate

    May 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Harper is an overrated “chickenshit”. I’m glad Cole did what he did. TEAM COLE!

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      RAJ’s reaction today was somewhat puzzling. It doesn’t seem like he’s on the same page as Cole.

      • bostonkate

        May 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        He looked downright pissed in the clip I saw of him. Let’s be real, this is a double edged sword. Cole just did more for the Nationals’ marketing department than they do, and this will in turn just inspire even more fans to go to DC next round. It’s a win.

      • EricL

        May 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        That’s just what I want to see…the GM and the star, free agent-to be pitcher getting into disagreements over some stupid bullshit like this.

        I hope aliens abduct Amaro and do nasty things to his butthole.

    • bigben

      May 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Had to stir up the rivalry somehow, Hamels just lit the fuse

  9. Joey Spagna

    May 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    The wuss is gonna get a beatin’ next time gonna git rolled.

  10. Joey Spagna

    May 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    The wuss is gonna get a beatin’ next time Cole gonna git rolled.

  11. Joey Spagna

    May 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm


  12. Manny

    May 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm


  13. SavannahPhilliesPhan

    May 8, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Pence made a comment that the entire Nats team had a bad attitude and a chip on their shoulder. Maybe there was more going on than we are aware of in the clubhouse. This young kid Harper has shown his cocky attitude in the past. Now the Nats are trying to paint him as the picture of a saint, like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. How much could he have matured since last season? I sure his is still a bit of a sh*t.

  14. SavannahPhilliesPhan

    May 8, 2012 at 5:13 am

    OOPs….I am sure he is still a bit of a sh*t!!!

  15. Chuck A.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Complete BS. The whole thing. And my take on Ruben’s statement and “appearance” of looking pissed…is just that. It’s a canned statement that he had to make and appearance that he had to show in order to make it look like the Phillies are the good guys here and are taking a professional stance and are on top of it. In reality, I think Ruben probably told Cole that he has his back as afar as the team is concerned. Ruben was a player and grew up in this game…..he gets it.

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